An umbilical hernia occurs when the muscles around the belly button are weak or have a gap in them. Find out more about umbilical hernia.
Umbilical hernia repair (child)
An umbilical hernia is caused by a weakness in the layer of muscle of the abdominal wall, just behind the belly button. This can be repaired by surgery.
Paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair
Paraumbilical and umbilical hernias are lumps caused by the contents of the abdomen pushing the around the belly button (umbilicus). Surgery may be needed to prevent complications from a hernia.
If a hernia is small, or not causing any problems, then your doctor may decide to wait and see what happens. But if it’s large, or causing pain, surgery will be recommended. Learn more about hernia treatments.
Hernias are generally more common in obese people and pregnant women, or in people who cough a lot or suffer from chronic constipation. Learn more about hernias.